Nearly three million years ago Ngorongoro towered alongside Mount Kilimanjaro as one of the highest peaks in Africa. Forged during the tumultuous birth of the Rift Valley, its volcanic top erupted at the time that ancient man first walked the plains.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) covers some 8,300 square kilometres. It boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa.
Rifts and volcanoes shape the landscape of Ngorongoro.
Today, the rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of some 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. They are not confined by the Crater walls, and can leave freely; they stay because conditions are favourable. Since most of the Crater floor is grassland, grazing animals predominate: gnu, zebra, gazelles, buffalo, eland and kongoni (Coke's hartebeest) and warthogs. The swamp and forest provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks and bushbucks, baboons and vervets. The steep inner slopes provide a habitat for dikdiks and the rare mountain reedbuck. Towering euphorbias cling to the crater walls and on the floor, Fever tree and Fig tree forests give shade to an awe-inspiring array of creatures. All these animals in turn support large predators such as Lion and Leopard, and scavengers such as Hyena and Jackals.
Probably the most awesome spectacle in nature is the migration of approximately 1.4 million wildebeest (gnu), often accompanied by numerous zebra, and always accompanied by predators such as lions, leopards and cheetah.
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kaud (1840) 2004-12-22 5:09
Good wildlife shot.
iamxa (3021) 2004-12-22 5:20
Very nice shot. Well composed and the noise give to the image a bit of magic. I really like
justa (0) 2004-12-22 5:28
Wonderful animals. You have very good photo. Nice colours. These couple gnu is lovely.
Well done, bravo!
Janice (4403) 2004-12-22 5:50
Great action shot Oscar. The wildebeest stopping on his trek and watching you. The others keep moving on and the dust envelopes them. Well composed. TFS, Janice
Leonie (8809) 2004-12-22 6:28
Very good nature shot, nice light and a great exemplar of a Gnu in the foreground!
Belumpi (306) 2004-12-22 11:57
What a magnificent beasts! Such a small and long heads in comparison to their bodies. Nice shot! The rest is already walking away, while two of them sort of pose for you :)
jrzufferey (7301) 2004-12-22 16:28
Magnifique image des ces gnous toujours un peu bizarres et semblant Ítre les seuls victimes dans ce busch impitoyable. Merci pour la note photographique, amicalement/jr
lucinka (9976) 2004-12-23 17:55
Hi, This is definately great shot of a great moment. Love the way they stand and look. Just thought that cropping the one on the site might change the composition a bit. + some blur and slight increase of contrast. L.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-03-24 11:50
Hi Oscar - very nice gnu portrait, the yellow beard is very interesting.
archanabhimasen (270) 2005-04-27 10:48
You have had real adventurous trips!! Nice shot!
skegz (453) 2006-01-16 9:50
'Calm in the eye of the storm' moment. Dust and animal's attention catpured nicely. Lovely pic.
- Copyright: Oscar Lopez (olopez) (4959)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1997-00-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon 801s, Nikkor AF 75-300 mm
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Wildlife, African Wild Animals, My wildlife photos [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-12-22 5:05
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